Current NBA rookie of the year, LaMelo Ball, doesn’t seem to regret not going to college. The Charlotte Hornets Guard starred in a feature for GQ Magazine this week. In the interview, Ball spoke about his decision to skip college.
“You want to go to the league, so school is not your priority,” said Ball. “We don’t stumble from school. We are not stupid. We know how to learn. We don’t need a school. And school doesn’t even teach you s-. What the hell is school? “
Ball dropped out of high school during his junior year to play professionally with his brother LiAngelo abroad in Lithuania. After their time at Prienai from the LKL, LaMelo and his brother played in the JBL, founded by their father LaVar, before playing for the Illwarra Hawks in the NBL in 2019-20 before the 2020 NBA draft.
While Ball’s journey is not for everyone, he has distinguished himself overseas and that trip ultimately helped him become a lottery draft pick and rookie of the year. College is not for everyone and Ball is one example of that.